tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 6, 2015 11:00am-12:01pm EDT
>> hello, welcome to the news hour live from the al jazeera news center in doha. here's what's coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> reunited and relieved, thousands of refugees welcomed in germany, many more look forward to crossing over. >> polls to elect a new president open in guatemala after weeks of political turmoil. >> more saudi-led airstrikes in the yemeni capital, a unicef hospital for women and children
is damaged. >> i'm reporting from inside thailand's parliament in bangkok, where a vote has seen the country's political uncertainty extended. >> we begin the news hour with the refugee crisis. thousands of people are still waiting to end their desperate journey to escape war, persecution and poverty. this is the worst refugee crisis europe has seen since world war ii. many refugees are at the border between hungary and austria. they were kept in hungary for days but now are being allowed to go through the country. there are thousands waiting to make that trip. near the southern border with serbia, police are moving people into a new transit camp. hungary will build a high fence in less than five days. >> for many, a perilous trip is
over. as refugees arrived in germany by train and bus, many were met with cheers and applause. we have reportersual this route on the hungary border, and we start in munich. a sense of relief for many refugees as we've seen in a footage. when they arrive, what do they face? >> they face a process, a government process that requires them to register and apply for asylum. most of them if they come from places like syria, iraq or eritrea are likely to receive a grant of asylum. you can see the ambulances and buses lined up, a sign to the refugees still arriving here at the mine nick train station. those who need medical attention will be bundled into the
ambulances and taken off to be seen to, but most people are making it under their own power, and we have now for you a report that shows you not only how the refugees responded to their arrival today, but also how the german people responded to the refugees arriving amongst them. >> destination, germany, another train carrying refugees pulls into mine nick's central station. men, women and children tumble out. many have escaped the civil war in syria. even the youngest gets a warm welcome from a volunteer. the refugees appeared weary as they made their way under police escort to a reception area. we asked in arabic how they felt to be in germany. >> thank god we are in a country as developed and germany. >> this woman said she made
nearly all the journey on foot. >> she said it is a blessing. >> volunteers helped bridge the language barrier and shepherd the refugees through the station. >> we need all the help we can get. every voice counts. >> as they took their first steps in a process that for most will lead to official refugee status, european politicians fretted over their next moves. german officials met to streamline rules for asylum and allocate funds for refugee shelters.
the austrian chancellor called for an emergency european union summit meeting, saying his country's decision to allow thousands of refugees to enter from hungary was only a temporary measure. germans who turned up at the station seemed happy to see the refugees reach safety and glad that their country had thrown open its doors. >> i have strong feelings about all this. i reached out my hand to one of them and it just made me cry. >> germans are also helping out by donating essential items. >> german volunteers say so many people have come forward to offer clothing, toys, blankets and other items to the refugees that they have to turn away some donations, because they just don't have room for them all. >> just weeks ago, during the
greek debt crisis, germany's policies were seen by many as harsh and unyielding. now the country at the heart of europe has shown the world its heart. >> these emergency measures that germany has taken, what talk is there of more permanent solutions what it comes to the refugees? >> this is a long process. it's going to take a lot of political wrangling to complete, if it ever is completed. the german and french leaders have indicated that they want to come up with joint proposals to have a common policy on refugees in all of the 28 european member states of the e.u. and also to have quotas so that each country would be asked to support a certain number of refugees, depending upon that country's population, size and its
economic vitality. as we have seen in the countries, including hungary, many people do not, and then the government does not extend at all a welcoming hand to the refugees and many of those eastern members of the european union have indicated that they don't want to accept any quotas, so for more on that now, let's go down to the border between austria and hungary. our reporter is standing by. >> here at the train station, even though we're told from officials that all the refugees that were here today have left, all those trains departed, the last one in the last hour, work is on going. behind me there is a tent that is being set up by the red cross here to treat more refugees.
they are expecting possibly within the next few hours, possibly by tomorrow. every official we've spoken with told us they want to make sure they are as prepared as possible to handle an influx they believe will continue. they want to be as humane as possible, as welcoming as possible to these who have suffered so much. earlier, i interviewed the spokesman for local police here and here's what he told me rewarding the logistics of the operation so far. >> we had to face a situation that was a big challenge for us, for austrian police since yesterday morning, along the whole day yesterday, we had a face people just to come in over the border just to get them shelter and transport them to vienna and other directions. yesterday we had several trains, extra trains, about 14 the whole
day. they transported around 400, 300 to 400 people each transportation, and we transported 6,500 people, not only by trains but also by buses, which drove to vienna and other barracks in austria. >> muhammed, can you hear me? >> i can hear you, sorry about that, there were some audio issues, go ahead. >> just talk to us about the people you've met, the refugees, the people you've spoken to. what conditions do they arrive in? >> well, every refugee i've spoken with today, including syrian refugees, iraqi refugees, others, they've said their conditions here in and you say tree. >> improved 100% from where they had been yesterday in hungry before they crossed over.
now, they say that they have been welcomed with open arms. they are so grateful for the help that they have gotten, they received blankets, clothing, they've received toys for their children, food and water throughout the day. we've spoken with so many local volunteers, people here in austria from austria who say they are proud to try to help these refugees who have suffered so much. when i was on the hungarian side and we approached the austrian border, i met a woman, who had been an english teacher in syria. this is a city that was raff itched by years of war. she told me about the desperate journey she and her family had taken, including almost drowning taking a boat from turkey to greece. here's her very personal, very sad story. >> the road has been longer and more dangerous for her than she ever could have imagined. >> terrible, terrible, bad
situation. >> never worse for the english teacher from syria than when she, her husband and three children found themselves on a boat that started to sink after they'd set off from turkey, but before they'd reached greece. >> when we were in the boat in the sea, i was standing on one leg and raising my son on the other one in order to get him up from the water, because the water was still here and the surface of the sea was up to here. >> rescued by the greek coast guard, she and her family then set off again. a few days back, they wound up in hungary. >> they took us to the camp, to one of the camps as if we are in a prison. >> every setback has only made her more determined to reach germany. >> yeah, yeah. i will try and i'll do it, because we tried three times in hungary to get to germany, and we were prevented.
>> she tells me europeans need not fear refugees like her. >> we want to live in peace. we don't want to take anyone other's money or house or job, not at all. >> having made it this far, morale among these travel companions is growing. >> for this family, there is now a palpable sense of relief as they are just a few steps away from hungary's border with austria, just right over there. they tell me they are hoping that they have now come close to the end of their desperate journey. >> once in austria, they are all greeted by a welcoming aid worker. >> does anyone speak english? >> yeah. >> ok. >> the moment brings a catharsis more complicated than she had anticipated. >> i am happy that i did it, that terrible journey, but i'm also sad and sorry for my family.
they are still at home. i wish they would be safe. i wish they would be safe from the war. >> how so? >> they hope so, too. >> al jazeera on the border of austria and hungary. >> the head of the roman catholic church has called on a every parish and religious community to take in one refugee family. pope francis spoke after his customary sunday address in the vatican, saying two sat ken parishes will each take in a foam in the coming days.
>> tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing war and hunger and marching towards life's hope. we must give them concrete hope. i ask for parishes, religious communities, monasteries all over europe to shelter a family of refugees. >> nigeria's gold diggers, the government wants them to pay taxes. >> lewis hamilton victory at the grant free is under investigation. we'll have that story for you a little later. first, polls have opened in guatemala to elect a anew president after months of political turmoil. the president stepped down this week and he was subsequently jailed on corruption charges. crossing over to david mercer,
joining us from guatemala city to tell us how turnout has been so far, david. >> well, it's still early hours here in guatemala, voting started about two hours ago. people are slowly filing in at this particular station where we're at right now. 20% of the people they expect to vote have already voted. that's a pretty fair turnout so far. there are 14 candidates for presidency who want to run the country for the next four years, but of course, this is all taking place against this political turmoil in the country. now, with me today, i'm joined by a supervisor here. thank you for being here with us today. we heard rumors that certain political parties are offering to pay voters to take pictures of their ballots to show they're voting for their particular
political party. what are you trying to do to prevent this from happening? >> first of all, the group we are working at this voting station is composed of four people, and we have met with the presidents of each table. we have seven tables at this voting center and they are aware that this may happen, and so, when the person comes inside to vote, first they keep a line and then one voters comes into the room at a time. they're given the ballots and the president of the table reminds them that the phone has to be either shut down or kept into their pockets or into their purse and then while they take the vote. if they see something, you know, going on about taking pictures of the ballots, they will report us, and we should be reporting that to the tribunal, and they should be taking care of those people who are doing this. it's illegal, of course, but we still remind them that they have to avoid taking pictures of
their vote. >> what happens, polls close as 6:00, so the doors are closing. what's the process there? this is a paper ballot, not electronic voting, what happens? what's the process? >> it goes on pretty smooth, the center closes at 6:00 and the presidents of the table will wait for the last voter to vote and then they will close the ballots, they will close the bag and they will start counting. there are not only presidential elections, there are presidential elections, congressman, so five ballots to be counted, about 380 per table, 380 presidential ballots per table and they should finish counting around 9:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. at earliest. they will sign a final document where they will have the votes counted. they will bring that to us. the tribunal has a computer here in the center and each of the
documents are scanned and then by email to the center of the electoral tribunal and that's how it goes. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. >> voting here is going very smoothly so far today. we are expecting results around midnight local time and just to remind you, this is the first round of voting. if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, then it goes to a second run off round in october, 25. things going smoothly so far and we'll find you the more as the day progresses. >> we will, david. for the time being, we will leave it there for now. >> the central american country has high levels of inequality and poverty, more than half officially qualified as poor. it emerged from a 36 year long civil war.
many civilians were killed or disappeared. guatemala is known for its violent street gangs, part of the country's role as a transit point in drug smuggling from south america to the united states. let's cross over to new york and speak to a professor of political science. thanks for being with us on al jazeera. can a vote, can these polls in guatemala defeat what some call entrenched corruption in the system and within government? >> that's a great question. i don't think that these polls in themselves can defeat the entrenched corruption, but depending on the outcomes, we may be able to set the stage for efforts during the next four years to begin to tackle the engrained corruption. it really dependency on the outcomes of both the presidential and the congressional elections. >> are you hopeful that these
outcomes will result in a change of fundamental reforms, which people seem to be demanding now. >> hopeful may be stretching it, but i think that there is possibility. i think it would have been much better had elections been postponed, and a process of electoral and political party reform been introduced and a set of measures passed before the elections, so that we would have had more transparent, cleaner, fairer and more inclusive elections, and more representative elections this time around, but that didn't happen, so we are where we are in guatemala. what we do have is a much more informed electorate, and an electorate that has a clearer sense or clearer sense than ever before of what steps are neat and who needs to be elected in order to have a chance to move democracy and rule of law forward. >> you have interviewed mow leap
in a several times from what i now understand and now he is sitting in jail. are you surprised at this turn of events? >> yes. i think i am, and i think everyone is. i think i am, because he's kind of been the teflon man in guatemala. nothing seems to be able to stick to him, so there didn't seem to be sufficient evidence to indict him on war crimes, should that have become a possibility after the end of his term, according to most of the people to whom i've spoken, although that's no longer quite as clear. it seemed as though it would take -- they threw everything at him except the kitchen sink to get him to finally resign, so yes, i'm surprised that he agreed to resign, but i fully understand how and why it happened that congress voted to strip him of his immunity.
>> all right, thanks very much for joining us on the news hour. >> saudi-led coalition forces carried out more airstrikes on the yemeni capital, sanna. the republican guard and special forces headquarters were targeted, they are controlled by the houthis and forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh. a unicef hospital was damaged during the bombing. jeremy hopkins is the head of unicef and said the widespread humanitarian crisis in the country needs to be addressed. >> the bombing has escalated over the last few days. while the hospital has not been hit, what tends to happen is that the windows and doors of the structures nearby any bomb sites are damaged and there is flying glass and then the huge
hygiene issues that relates to that. the staff in the hospital did not feel safe to remain in the hospital overnight. this is just a much broader impact of civilian structure. 15 million yemenis need access to basic health care and are not getting it at the moment. there is restriction on imports coming into the country, so the trade routes have become hampered by the conflict and so essential drugs are no longer flowing in as they did before in the private or public sector alongside all the other imported goods such as food and other basic items, which are no longer flowing into the country as they had in the past. >> thailand rejected a new constitution. if passed, it would have paved
the way for a referendum and possible end to military rule. elections are delayed until at least 2017. we have this report. >> a return to any form of democracy seems to be slipping further away for thailand. a few protestors wanted their voices heard. that's not allowed under the military government who seized power last year. inside, it was something of a farewell bash for the so-called national reform council, which was hand picked by the army. their last task was to vote on a new constitution, one seen by many as a way for the army to consolidate and legitimize its power. >> the delays and time-buying tactics are par for the course. the people who are in power want to remain in power. they want to call the shots. >> but the charter was thrown out. the reform council voted against it, meaning the process goes back to the beginning.
the draft constitution was widely condemned as undemocratic, but with its rejection, the military government has an excuse to delay elections yet again and extend its stay in power. >> given those who wrote and voted on the charter were chosen by the army and yet still rejected it provokes suspicion that the whole process was a delaying tactic. some say the longer the army and supporters try to stay in power, the greater the risk of conflict. >> the conflict will not be resolved by relying on the rules of the game and that means it will tend to lead to either violence or maybe even another coup d'etat. >> now a new constitution has to be written, which will take six months. this version will stay in the boxes and thailand's political uncertainty goes on.
al jazeera, bangkok. >> a thai legal advisor and political commentator said the rejection of the draft is a blow to democracy in the region. >> the bottom line is you don't need to wait for the new constitution. actually, the current constitution in force provides such power to the current military junta, they can supersede executive and judicial powers in thailand. the situation looks even grimmer. the junta is even more anxious about the state of politics not just in thailand, but the whole region. they have a little hope that this rejection of the draft constitution will allow the thai people to be energized enough to come out and demand for the restoration of democracy in thailand.
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>> that could avert disaster while helping save the planet. >> i feel like i have a front row seat for some very dramatic changes. >> hello, again, the to know stories, the austrian chancellor said it's time phase out emergency measures which have allowed thousands of refugees to travel in germany. their taken in buses where they're put on trains to germany where they can claim asylum. >> polls in guatemala open to elect a new president after months of turmoil. it follows the resignation of the president, now jailed on corruption charges. >> saudi-led coalition fores carried out more airstrikes on the yemeni capital sanna.
a unicef hospital for women and children were damaged during the bombing. >> almost 2,000 more refugees arrived in the greek port, traveling by ferry from lesbos. the refugees mainly from require i can't, iraq and afghanistan. protesting refugees have been fight, police for a third day in lesbos, saying local authorities are not providing assistance and not processing documents quickly enough to continue their journey. >> thousands of african refugees stranded in morocco, which used to be a major transit point to europe. the government has taken steps to improve their living standards, but many complain it's not enough. we have more from the port city of tangiers.
>> this is a camp for children of refugees and local moroccans. they spent the summer together and now are rehearsing for a farewell party. the aim is to raise awareness of the polite of thousands of africans forced by conflicts and tough conditions to seek a better life in europe. he arrived in morocco five years ago. his fight for legal life paid off. he is now a legal resident here. his next move is to find a decent job. >> migrants should have access to health care, be able to find work and take their kids to school and above all, be treated equally and with respect by the moroccan society. >> many refugees say they face tough times. some live in caves, but in the forest, spending the day hiding from the police, they try to climb fences to get into the city which is connected by land to morocco but is part of europe. >> i am here for one purpose, to get to europe. we live in the forest.
each morning, we go out looking for something to eat. we have nothing. life here is tough. >> with that, a group of refugees in the northern city, they all say they face discrimination every day. a volunteer teaches young migrants english, an experience she says has changed her life. >> when i came the first day, i wasn't really into it, but then, we had this close relationship and i saw a really different side of them that was hidden. we have different ideas about the syrian people and some of our morrocan people, too, but then the more i know them and the more i spend time with them, the more i get attached to them. >> thousands are now legal residents in morocco, which means they have permission to stay, but there are thousands more who say they have been abandoned, betrayed by rich nations.
now that europe stepped up border controls, many migrants find themselves trapped here in morocco. this is their dream, europe, on the other side of the mediterranean. to get there, they say they have no other option but to leave at night and attempt the dangerous crossing by boat. al jazeera, tangiers. >> australia's prime minister tony abbot said is not commit to taking in more refugees. he said any intake of syrian refugees would be at the expense of people from other parts of the world. >> we are disposed to take more people from that troubled region under our refugee and humanitarian program, and we are open to providing more financial assistance to the u.n. h.c.r. in the weeks and months ahead. >> u.n. refugee agency has put a figure on the number of refugees who have made the dangerous mediterranean sea crossing so far this year.
almost 245,000 people have arrived in greece. italy has taken in 119,000 sea arrivals. 2,800 people are dead or missing after attempting the dangerous crossing. melissa fleming is the chief spokesperson for the h.c.r. and joins us. thanks for being with us. tell us how it tallies up these figures and comes up with these numbers. >> well, we work very closely with the coast guards, with the authorities in the front line countries of greece and italy, but also in all of the countries where refugees arriving in europe. we get figures on a daily base. we put them into our statistics. unfortunately we have to add to our statistics that there are many, many deaths crossing the mediterranean, almost 2,600 so far this year. those deaths unfortunately show that it's extremely dangerous to
cross. many of them, unfortunately don't have a name, and people still maybe for that reason keep coming. >> when it comes to some of the border areas for the countries, it just appears to be quite chaotic, from our reporters reporting on the process and the pictures that we're seeing. how does it affect reporting on the numbers of refugees? >> it is chaotic. we had one day last week where 14,000 people arrived in greece on the greek islands. these are islands that are used to receiving tourists and not, you know, tens of thousands of refugees, so obviously, but the only way to move from a greek island to the mainland is if you have a registration document, and that's how we know how many people are coming, what nationality they say they are, and then we have the same procedure in the former
republic. >> we keep saying this statements to the media that there are more refugees in the world today than ever previously recorded. you as chief spokesperson, how does it make you feel when you hear that? >> well, i've been working at the unacr6 years and every year go out with the announcement that there are about 10 million more. this is a reflection on a system, a political system that is unable to prevent conflicts and unable to put an end to existing conflicts and as a result, you have more and more people on the run and more and more people who are living at refugees or forcibly displaced people inside their countries unable to return home. this is what, i mean, no one
should be surprised that we're seeing now that more and more people are trying to reach europe. what we need now is the entire world, particularly the world that has the wealth, infrastructure to do their part to help the victims if they're not going to do their part to stop the conflict. >> when you say wealth and infrastructure, which countries are you referring to here? what do you want to see? >> well, right now we see in europe that germany, for example is taking 800,000, or expecting to take 800,000 asylum seekers by the end of the year. there cannot be a german solution to a european problem. there has to be a european solution to this problem. it's not sustainable that a handful of countries in europe are taking on the entire refugee population. everyone needs to do their part. we need to help the countries at the shores of europe.
we are pro proposing that registration centers, european wide, european led registration centers supported by u.n.a.c.r. be established in greece, italy, hungary and that people who are refugees be relocated then under a quota system to many countries in europe, hopefully all countries in europe will take part. this would make the situation manageable in a continent as big as europe. >> we thank you for your time on al jazeera. thank you very much. >> a pleasure to be with you. >> two policemen have been killed in southeastern turkey in fighting with turkish p.k.k. rebels. gunfire and explosions were heard. the p.k.k. fired rocket propelled grenades at police trying to fill in ditches dug by the group. the governor's office imposed a curfew, ordering all residents to remain indoors. >> 21 iraqi soldiers and popular
mobilization forces have been killed in isil attacks. 13 died near the isil controlled capital of anbar province. eight were killed after isil shelled a camp east of fallujah. >> residents of the iraqi city are trapped by fighting and surviving on food supplies flown in from the outside. we report from baghdad. conditions are now getting worse. >> this is the only way to reach the area. the roads are too dangerous for the iraqi military and civilians to use. the government needs to airlift supplies into this town. this air base is the only lifeline.
many of its people left because the armed group has launched too fast to capture one of the last population centers that hasn't fallen to its forces. those still in the town are largely cut off from the rest of the country. weekly deliveries of humanitarian aid helps them survive. >> one sack of flour costs around $900. most of the time we sleep without eating because we can't afford food. >> these people are poor and prefer to stay in their homes. life here hasn't been easy. >> we are thankful for the aid, but there is a lack of electricity. we ask the government to help us. >> it has long been an isil target, surrounded by desert, but it hasn't been easy defending this town. in one offensive, isil used 39 suicide car bombings. >> the enemy has tried to advance and attacked it more than 100 times in the past year and a half. isil has still not been able to enter and establish a foothold in the region. >> the road is an important
supply line, but it has been vulnerable to attacks. it links the air base to one of iraq's most important structures. the dam is the second largest in the country, and contributes a third of iraq's electricity needs. it could be used as a weapon of war if isil decides to open the gates and flood the neighboring areas. >> in september, the u.s. expanded its air campaign against isil and since then, u.s. assistance has been one of the main reasons isil hasn't been able to capture the area and its dam. the area is important to the u.s., because it is close to the air base where its military advisors are training sunni tribal fighters. >> u.s. air cover has so far allowed iraqi forces and local sunni fighters to hold it, but for now, those ground troops are in no position to use this area as a staging ground to take on isil. the armed group controls most of anbar province. al jazeera, baghdad. >> the united nations said the felt of somalia's four year
famine of alarming, saying people requiring emergency aid has risen to 850,000 and at least another 250,000 people are in food stress situations. >> some gold diggers in nigeria do not have licenses and do not pay taxes. the government now wants the miners to hand over portions of their wages. we have this report from the northern town. >> he has been working the mines for 17 years. he dropped out of school because he says his parents couldn't afford the expenses. soon he may have to look for another job, because authorities are planning to crack down on illegal mining, and he is not amused. >> this is my life. i can't do anything else. if anyone wants to take this job away from me, he must give me a home, a decent wage and all the
comforts of life. >> most of the gold prospecting may be small scale and cold, but the turnover for people like him is huge. a good day produces hundreds of dollars, which the government wants. most enforcement against illegal mining has been weak, but not anymore. now the authorities want him and hundreds like him to pay taxes on their earnings. >> the federal government said tight regulations are underway. gold processing units like this in the northwest of nigeria,
most are unlicensed. as such, they hardly pay taxes. the biggest challenge before the government is to get the main mining companies to pay. >> the miners say they are willing to pay taxes if the government could end corruption. >> we can pay more taxes. we want the government to leave nigerians only to enjoy its wealth. >> for now, the government wants to stop illegal mining and bring in investors with the capacity to generate revenue and jobs in the sector, which means more difficult times are likely ahead for small-time miners. al jazeera, nigeria. >> protestors marched in
southern nepal with the bodies of five people killed in earlier rallies. protests broke out over a new draft constitution which divides nepal. ethnic minorities say they won't get enough political or economic power. we have more. >> the southern plains is in mourning. a young man from the village had been shot dead. he was studying to be the first qualified engineer from his village, and his family had high hopes for him. >> my son was in the 10th grade, then he got into engineering. i had hope that he would be able to go and work in the government. we had taken loans to educate him. now our hope is gone. >> five young men died and dozens were wounded when police opened fire on protestors in the city. they had been demonstrating
against laws to restructure nepal into a federal state and divide nepal. locals called for a strike, and when police tried to redirect goods to kathmandu, it led to violent clashes. >> how can the state treat us like this? >> shots were fired at this hospital on tuesday, wounding many, including health workers. nepal is in the process of writing a new constitution and one of the most controversial part is how to draw federal boundaries. the bodies of the five young men will finally be released. >> locals have been parading the bodies of the five young men across the state as well as back to their villages for the final goodbyes. people here are emotional and angry, saying that the police used excessive force and the state has deliberately ignored their grievances and demands. >> the body of the 24-year-old is taken to his house and neighbors can hardly contain his distraught mother.
>> my son, my life, what is my life without you? >> he had quit nepal's armed police force to work as a migrant worker. it was the same force that shot him down. in the past week, the government imposed a curfew, lifted for three hours for the funeral procession, but as the day wore on, more and more people poured on to the streets. tens of thousands arrived on this riverbank to witness the last rites. >> we don't want talks with the government. we want implementation of what has been agreed and we want constitutional amendment. we have elected politicians from two districts, but nobody has come here for us. >> villagers from different religions, castes and communities have arrived in solidarity and as the bodies
>> east meets west when the world's most populace country inspires the world's most famous fashion designers, it's the latest exhibit of the costume institute called china through the looking glass. there's no shortage of people wanting to glimpse the intricate designs. the costume institute held a star-studded fundraiser to kick off the show. as in the past, celebrities on the red carpet made it new york's social event of the year. now the exhibit itself has become a must-see event. >> china through the looking glass has already broken attendance records for the met costume institute with 660,000 visitors. that's among the top ten exhibits of all time for the met. it's so popular, they've
extended the show through monday, it's appeal going well beyond the fashion world. >> obviously, there's a large percentage of chinese visitors, and the demography isn't just the fashion crowd, it has changed to a much more diverse audience. >> the fashions are displayed with artifacts in the existing chinese and egyptian galleries. the collaboration celebrates the 100th anniversary of the asian arts department and helps broaden the appeal. film clips and music adds to the ambiance. >> it is visually stunning. it gives you chills. >> we were excited to see our traditional clothes to be presented in here. >> i learned a few things. thought it would be nice to see chinese art and dresses and things like that. >> it traces influences going back to the mid 18th century.
the country's modern significance has helped fuel the imagination of designers, not to mention the interest of so many museum goers. al jazeera, new york. >> it's time for all the sports news. >> lewis hamilton's latest grand prix win is being investigated by officials. he could be disqualified due to a tire pressure infringement. the driver finished well clear of his rivals. his closest rival and teammate retired from the race with an engine problem. tennis now, fourth round action for a place in the quarter finals.
djokovic and serena williams are in action later at flushing meadows. >> eight points off top spot in group a with only three games left, third he could still be enough for qualification or a place in the playoffs. if turkey wins, they go above netherlands in the standings. >> we came from brack brazil in 2014 third in the world, so of course, it's surprising to struggle now and to struggle to qualify for 2016. that's very disappointing. >> nine qualifiers in total on sunday, croatia and italy are tied, that top of group h. croatia takes on norway, who can
leap above them with a win. wails can qualify for the first time since 1958 if they beat israel. >> one minute you're up, and the next minute, you're do you know. it changes in an instant. we can't get ahead of the game. we've got to keep our mind on deal, it's as simple as that. we know how difficult it is going to be. >> over to the qualifiers for the 2017 african nations cup, where the war-torn country of libya take on cape verde later. they are unable to play host due to the security situation in the country. they originally set to qualify for the 2017 competition automatically, but had to withdraw at host.
>> we are determined to get the points. cape verde is one of the most difficult teams to play in africa, however, we are up for the job. >> plenty more nations qualifiers on sunday. algeria in firm control in group j., the reigning champs still goalless against sierra leone. >> one man having retired from international football is now playing in the m.l.s., scoring a hat trick for montreal impact as they beat chicago fire on saturday. the former chelsea and ivory coast striker put host montreal ahead. the crucial equalizer for the
match. plant industrial winning a 4-3. >> shane watson announced he is retiring. he sustained a calf injury saturday. watson played his last test in the first ashes contest against england. australia went on to lose the series 3-2. >> the rugby world cup starts in just under two weeks with australia winning their final game, beating the u.s.a. in chicago. first half was pretty close, with the wallabies arresting a number of key players. they only led by four at half time, but two time world champions tour put the u.s. after the break, cruising to a 47-10 win. there's much more sport on our website. check out aljazeera.com/sport. >> all the day's other top stories on the website, as well. thanks for watching the al
>> austria, as they continue to make their way towards western europe. this, as the pope calls on every european parish and religious community to take in at least one refugee family. hello there. i am barbara sarah. you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program: saudi higher led coalition forces carry out more strikes on the yemeni capitol, sanaa. a hospital is damaged.